November 4, 2015

Beyond Bricks and Sticks

 weekly digest of current trends in housing and community development. The discussion examines topics from infrastructure to community fabric.

Tips for Planners to Design Memorable Tourism Experiences

(RECAP: We all work to create excellent cities, and many of our communities express a desire to promote tourism. But what is it that makes a community desirable to tourists and how is that changing?)

Three good reasons to invest in Missing Middle Housing

(RECAP: Too often, the demand for walkable living is mistranslated into a demand only for city living. Many people, though, still want to live in neighborhoods. The demand for neighborhood living is high and unmet, providing an untapped market for developers and a call to city governments to step up. Missing Middle Housing is the solution.)

Opinions on Housing                                                          

The views and opinions expressed in Opinions on Housing are solely those of the original authors, and do not necessarily represent those of VHDA, our stakeholders or any/all contributors to this blog.

Alexandria's streets could be for people instead of cars, at least some of the time

(RECAP: Cities all over the world are trying out the concept of open streets, where a temporary event closes a street to cars so people can enjoy the space by doing things like walking, riding bikes, or roller skating. Alexandria could join the fun.)

Making the Case for Planning

(RECAP: Don't let planning be reduced to urbanism, urban design or urban planning. Find places for planning to be successful in rural communities, suburban communities and at the regional and national scale. Not because urban is a dirty word, but because it's not the only word.)

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